Cantillon Iris | Brasserie Cantillon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
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Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the brewery's website: "Although it is a spontaneous fermentation beer, the Iris is very different from the Lambic. The amber colour and the bitter and slightly caramelized taste make it a complex beer."

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,063
Reviews:
498
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
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711
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Ratings: 2,063 |  Reviews: 498
Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Edition; bottled 2010

A - pours an orangeish faint copper / caramel color with a really nice head that dissipates as the beer settles

S - smells of citric acids, honey, a little funk, and white grapes with oak tones

T - starts off with fresh lemon on the front of the tongue. This fades to a caramelized honey flavor throughout the middle of the palate. There was also a touch of bitterness coming through. Iris ends how it started - citricly sour. Not as mouth puckering as other Cantillons I have tried, however this is still pretty damn sour. Pretty solid!

M - thin and dry with a modicum of carbonation

D - Another winner from Cantillon. After reading some previous reviews I was expecting a different beer than what poured out of my bottle. As previously stated, not as sour as other Cantillons, but another quality product. I have one more in the cellar and am anxious to see what time does this one.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 11/05/10 notes. Had at a small tasting. 2007 vintage, 750ml bottle.

a - Pours a murky honey-golden color with one inch of fluffy white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of floral notes, some barnyard funk, tart fruit, especially lemon and citrus.

t - Tastes of spices, tart lemon zest, peppers, and floral notes.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Quite dry and crisp, easy going down.

d - A nice lambic from Cantillon. Not my favorite Cantillon beer, but still good none the less. Lots of floral notes and tart lemon. Would drink again.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 12/18. 375 ml bottle dated 2007, Pour into a tulip:

A: Straw colored body with a billowing white head that quickly recedes leaving little to no lacing.

S: This smells so good. Huge citrus aroma, apple, hops, and some big ol' funk. Very tart and juicy, even to the nose. Oh my god this is right up my alley.

T: A ton of citrus, apples, grapes, hops, and some bretty funkiness (hay, grass). Finishes oh so dry and crisp. I wish I had a 750ml of this!

M: Smooth and slick. Not as carbonated as the appearance would leave one to believe.

D: This is one fantastic beer. I have never met a Cantillon offering that I have not liked, and this is no exception.

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Photo of shagal
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was rather impressed with this beer, although reading the commercial description I realize that I missed out on some of the flavors injected into the beer (lots of hops and iris). Nonetheless, this beer packs some intense and refreshing sourness that I found very pleasant. If you like gueuze or are into sour, I would definitely recommend this beer.

Appearance was a hazy orange with a head of tiny bubbles. Aroma was lots of great sourness and a candy-sugar sweetness. Flavor was full-on sourness, which reminded me (if memory serves - which it probably doesn't) of the Cantillon Grand Cru I've had before. I also got some sour apple flavor. I didn't taste the hops or iris included in the brew, but enjoyed the taste very much nonetheless. Mouthfeel was astringent (owing to the sourness) and good.

Definitely recommended for those into lambics/gueuze or sour flavors.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 2005, served in a Bruery tulip

pours a nice dull hazy orange with slight brown and yellow tones. little to no head, very light retention.

light lemon and earthy notes. light oak and funk. scent was a bit faint.

i pick up lots of lemon and a hint of lime. not as tart and puckering as most cantillon i have had. an underlying sweetness and funk carry through out. i pick up a nice light pineapple flavor throughout the finish. I was going to say this was a 4.0, but i am really digging this pineapple flavor in the end.

moderate carbonation. light dryness. the oak comes alive the most in the mouthfeel.

great stuff, not sure why i waited so long on this but time treated it well. i will be buying more for sure.

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Photo of beerhan
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vandemonian
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had 2007 Cattallion Iris at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle Washington DC. It was a delicious sour beer with some subtle fruit character. Not too much vinegar flavour.

A: Orange color and 4mm head that fades leaving decent lacing. 4.5

S: Sour aroma with some fruit character. 4

T: Tart and slightly bitter with a little metallic flavour. Fresh bitter aftertaste. A little vinegar at the end but not as much as most wild ales. 4

M: Foamy 4.5

O: Yum Yum. So tart. 4

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Photo of vacax
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from The Wine Country in Signal Hill. Vintage 2006.

A: Rich copper color and vibrant head. Head mostly dissipates, but a lovely coating of delicate bubbles persist nicely. Quite nice.

S: Sour, acidic, lemons, spicy. Subtlely intense.

T: Tartness is upfront, lemony and fruity. Very little funk to this. Sour on a level that few breweries achieve or attempt to achieve, but for Cantillon this is one of the least sour examples I have had the previlege of sampling. The younger sibling of many other Cantillon brews, but very appealing. Ridiculously intense compared to almost any other brewer. Flavors evlolve throughout each sip with a lastng tart finish.

M: Light to medium body with delicate carbonation. Great for savoring in the mouth.

D: Being as intense as this is, it is great for sharing, but I am working on this bottle by myself tonight. Much easier drinking than some of the others in the Cantillon lineup, less acid, smoother. If one craves a few glasses of something quite sour this is a good option. Great for a special occasion or just savoring for the hell of it.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle into a goblet.

A: pours light coppery orange, hazy, with a light off-white head that dissipated quickly.

S: slight vinegar, but very sour aroma with a little underlying malt.

T: starts with a lemon-like sour flavor, which eventually gives way to a malt sweetness. The finish is a long, dry lingering sour note. upon exploring the sourness a bit more, it is mostly lemon but with a very slight cherry. not a lot of funkiness detected in this which made for a very pleasant and drinkable beer.

M: average to light body, the sourness can be somewhat puckering to the mouth. Carbonation average and maybe slightly low for a Belgian.

D: What a drinkable beer this is. It is very much on the sour side, but makes for a very refreshing drink. Try pairing this with Port Salut cheese. Pure. Heaven.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage.
slightly hazy gold/orange, seems to have a head when first poured, but it quickly fades to a ring.
quite musty smelling, with hay and hosey smells, tart citric and earthy apple skin aromas. i get a piney sort of aroma too, like cedar or something. that may not be a good description though.
the taste has a variety of fruity flavors in it. i find peach, apricot, lots of lemon, apple (like crabapple actually). pineapple show up at the finish. i can't say that i really taste any oak, but i ge the feeling that the oak smoothed things out a bit. the same vaguely piney flavor is here as in the aroma. there is something slightly sweet underneath all the sourness, but i cannot pick out what it might be at all. the entire experience has a very earthy edge to it.
the body is medium with very delicate carbonation.
good drinkability. smoother than it intitially appears, probably one of the most easily quaffable cantillon beers.

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Photo of wd40
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork date: 2009. Sampled 2012.

Pours a beautify orange/amber color with a 1.5 finger thick white foamy head. The smell is lemony with a bit of orange. The taste reflects the aroma with some grassiness to balance out the acidity a little. Still pretty acidic and has a hint of bitterness. Fairly sour and a little drying in the mouth and throat (not unusual for a sour). Mouthfeel is pretty much perfect. The carbonation helps alleviate some of the excess acidity in the beer.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 33cl bottle. Poured into a wine glass.

Pours a honey golden color with straw yellow highlights. Hazy with evidence of lively carbonation. Half a finger white head that dies down to a ring on the edges of the glass. Really pretty looking.

Smells of hay, funk, a mild horse blanket note, quite floral and a touch spicy, some earthiness. Iris is an apt name considering how floral and perfumey the bouquet is.

Mostly acidic, lemony sourness up front with a husk like breadiness, then balsamic inegar, accompanied by a light resiny and spicy bitter finish. Lingering balsamic vinegar, rose petals, and bitterness. Quite a lasting finish.

Mouthfeel is light, spritzy, well carbonated and champagne like. Quite tart, but not too throat rapey. Low end of tartness for a Cantillon.

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Photo of victory4me
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

'07 vintage poured into a 6oz wine glass at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

A truly beautiful beer, bright orange yellow with a perfect and fluffy 1.5 finger head like nothing I have ever seen on a Cantillon. Aroma is much hoppier than I expected from hallertau hops. My expectations from this noble hop were a more subtle presence of bitterness especially with this many years of age, but what I got was a surprisingly citrusy and floral aroma more akin to that of an IPA or Pale Ale than that of a pilsner.

The taste was flavorful and juicy with summer fruit and citrus tones from the hops and tart and funky from the Cantillon yeast. I honestly found this to be somewhat par for course and more in line with some of the American Wild Ales I have had and less in touch with what I am used to from Cantillon. Kind of surprised to be tasting something from Cantillon that immediately brought Victory Wild Devil and Ommegang BPA to mind (albeit much better).

Mouthfeel was standard, despite the head, less carbonation within the beer.

Tasty, but so much better to come out of Cantillon that I wouldn't go out of my way for this.

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Photo of brendan13
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle from April 09.

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with a huge off white fluffy head that slowly falls away.
S - Earthy barnyard, sour lemon citrus notes and vinegar touches.
T - Earthy barnyard also in the taste with some sour citrus flavours and dirty, wet animal character.
M - Very high carbonation. Light bodied. Pretty damn sour.
D - Another interesting beer from Cantillon. Good for a treat every now & then.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew, merely my third from Cantillon, was used to christen my new Lion tulip-style glass, and it stood in quite well!
Rich orange appearance, enormous head on her, a flush, full bristling bundle, gracefully descending in size.
Aroma, sourness, yet balanced, overall citric, very ...damn, ...hard to pigeonhole, for certain, a great match, very lemon and orange-dominated. loads of lambic funk, the bass line beckons Bootsy...
Down the mouth, oooh! sour! let's put the pen down 'til i spend more time with her, ...yup, sour, but tasty, too!
Huge flavor, big presence on the palate, long, lingering finish,
ooo!
ooo!ooo, ooo, oooo!!!
wince, shudder, ...smile!
Only 1/3 of the 750ml is gone? got more to enjoy, hurrah!
A delight for lamibic-geeks only and an occasional treat for weird beer-freaks like yours truly...such an unusual ale, a rare treat, another horse-blanket treasure from the barnyard geniuses!

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Photo of DrewZ926
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ha-sheem
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwc215
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - Vintage 2004 (four yrs. old):

Pours orangeish with a white head that immediately becomes a patch.

The smell is of loads of barnyard/horseblanket funk with vinegar, grapey with citrus (esp. orange). Plenty of complexities under the blanket of funk.

The taste is funky and grapey with sweettart fruitiness and citric fruity bitterness. Sour stays ahead, but is supported by a balance of sweettart and some bitterish notes. Quite the complex one beyond the dominant sour.

Light-bodied, but medium-to-full within that range. Effervescent with a sharpness to it.

This is an interesting one - very funky but with subtle complexities that are quite unique. Ver drinkable despite puckering/near-puckering quality.

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Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excessive head: a quarter bottle (12.7 oz) filled a 24 oz glass with foam. It settles quickly in a dome-like way, leaving nearly no lace. The brew is dark amber and fully cloudy. A softer second pour resulted in half foam, half liquor.

Sweet and sour as one might expect. On the sweet side, there's caramelized sugar and faint flowers. On the sour side, I detect mild citrus and some yeast.

The flavor is overtly tart. Lip puckeringly strong. The finish is a dry bitterness--I don't think it's from any hops. No notable sweetness; this comes across like an unsweetened lemonade. The body is full while the carbonation is surprisingly light. If you like your lambics overly sour, then you'll love this one. Perhaps the sourest beer I've ever had.

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Photo of alfrantzell
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Botteld in 2004"

That's what the cork says. It's streaked with yellow and smells of vinegar. Yet it's more auspicious than the crown cap, which is stained with a ring of black matter. This beer should be prime drinking material. "Should" being the operative word; Cantillon bottles don't age so much as fester.

Cloudy and urine colored, it smells like a homeless person who's fallen into a crate of rancid lemons. Yellow woodsorrel, funk, and oak dominate the flavor. Missing are the algal bloom qualities of fresh Iris, but the beer remains full bodied, broad shouldered, and barrel chested.

The price difference between this and the Classic Gueuze is due probably to the hops. In that sense, aging it was a bad idea. But this is still a flavory beer. In the senses of smell, taste, and sight, yes. Age it. Can I reconcile this? Who knows? Guess I'm not much of a critical drinker.

Thanks for the bottle, mikey711.

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Photo of MattXT
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mondegreen
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle poured into a Samichlaus Tulip.

2007 Vintage, according to the cork it was bottle in 2009.

A: Hazy golden/copper appearance. Tons of tiny bubbles rushing to the head , keeping a healthy froth above the beer.

S: Funky & Strong. My wife commented that she smelled in from about five feet away when I walked into the room. Tough for me to put a finger on exactly what I am smelling, as I'm still fairly new to the world of Lambics. This one smells nice, though.

T: Heavy pucker factor all the way through this one. Sour fruits are evident, and the aftertaste is unique. I like the taste, but this one needs to be enjoyed slowly, as the aftertaste lingers.

M: Nice carbonation, beer is just thick enough to be enjoyable.

D: I'm enjoying this one, but I think 12oz will be enough for one sitting. Of course, it will take me awhile to finish this since the flavors are quite potent. I'd be up to have it again at another time, for sure.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Colored opaque orange, with a deeper color in the center. A tiny off-white head caps the liquid. Some musty sour yeast and slight hops make up the aroma. It is flavored slightly like apricot. Soon after, a good sour flavor kicks in. It isn't too puckering. Some yeast flavors linger. I find it very tasty. It has a medium body and low carbonation. As I said, very little puckering sensation--just enough to let you know its there. Not much coat, just what you would expect from this style. It's very drinkable. Not too sour and very refreshing. The low ABV keeps them coming.

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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,063 ratings.
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